Latest Paleontology News

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona

Oct. 15, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in eastern Arizona. The new species has been named Skybalonyx skapter, a part of a group known as drepanosaurs from the Triassic Period, about 220 million...

FILE - In this March 23, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump honks the horn of an 18-wheeler truck while meeting with truckers and CEOs regarding healthcare on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality of our primary role. Trump said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, that humans — their tailpipe exhaust, oil and gas production, and smokestack fumes — are just one of many culprits for the weather-disrupting deterioration of Earth’s atmosphere. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Getting warmer: Trump concedes human role in climate change

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality of our primary role. Pressed repeatedly in Tuesday night's debate, Trump gave one of his fullest accountings yet of what scientists say is an...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William and Prince Louis react as Prince George holds the tooth of a giant shark given to him by Naturalist Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough for an outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain's young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture Minister Jose Herrera reversed himself after facing a backlash for announcing his intention to reclaim the shark tooth fossil that had been a gift to 7-year-old prince from British naturalist and TV...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William, centre, and Kate, the  Duchess of Cambridge, react with Naturalist David Attenborough, left, with their children, Prince George, seated, Princess Charlotte, right and Prince Louis, foreground, in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough to watch a private outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Malta seeks shark tooth fossil presented to Prince George

Sep. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain’s Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s. Culture Minister Jose Herrera said he will...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William, centre, and Kate, the  Duchess of Cambridge, react with Naturalist David Attenborough, left, with their children, Prince George, seated, Princess Charlotte, right and Prince Louis, foreground, in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough to watch a private outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Attenborough gives shark tooth to 7-year-old Prince George

Sep. 27, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. Photos released by the palace showed the 7-year-old prince looking intrigued as he looked at the tooth...

Paleontologists work to preserve the skeleton of a mammoth that was discovered at the construction site of Mexico City’s new airport in the Santa Lucia military base, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The paleontologists are busy digging up and preserving the skeletons of mammoths, camels, horses, and bison as machinery and workers are busy with the construction of the Felipe Angeles International Airport by order of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

'Mammoth central' found at Mexico airport construction site

Sep. 3, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of mammoth skeletons recovered at an airport construction site north of Mexico City has risen to at least 200, with a large number still to be excavated, experts said Thursday. Archaeologists hope the site that has become “mammoth central” — the shores of...